William Frear

BirthJuly 4, 1842
DeathSept. 24, 1930
CemeteryThurman (Rock Co)
PostStafford (Bassett)
Unit16th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company A

1st Sergeant William Frear

Company A, 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry

Frear was born in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1842. He enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on October 2, 1862. Frear enlisted as a sergeant and was promoted to 1st sergeant on January 1, 1865. Frear served about 2 years and 10 months. He was discharged on August 11, 1865 at Richmond, Virginia.

The 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry (also called 161st Volunteers) was organized at Harrisburg between September and November 1862. During Frear’s enlistment, the outfit fought in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Battle of Brandy Station (VA) (June 9, 1863). The largest cavalry battle of the Civil War.

Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863).

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-8, 1864).

Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (May 31-June 1, 1864).

Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond (VA) (July 1864-April 1865).

Appomattox Campaign (VA) (March 28-April 9, 1865).

At Appomattox Court House (VA) when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia (April 9, 1865).

Frear died on September 24, 1930 at the age of 88 years. He is buried in the Thurman Cemetery in Bassett (Rock County), Nebraska. Frear was a member of the Stafford Post (#291) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Bassett.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.